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PPS ‘Mathletes” Score at Regional Math Competition

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PPS ‘Mathletes” Score at Regional Math Competition
Posted on 02/02/2016
This is the image for the news article titled PPS ‘Mathletes” Score at Regional Math Competition“Mathletes” from Lyman Moore, Lincoln and King middle schools distinguished themselves at the MATHCOUNTS regional competition at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham on Jan.  30.

Julie Myers, Lyman Moore math teacher and the school’s MATHCOUNTS team coach, congratulated that school’s “awesome math students for taking first place in the regional MATHCOUNTS competition! In the 12 years I have been at this school we have never taken first place!”

She said second place went to the Kennebunks and third place to Falmouth.

“Our awesome team had four students in the top 20,” Myers said. She said sixth-grader Jack Bonney was 19th; sixth-grader Sam Scala was 11th; eighth-grader Jessica Ross was 8th and eighth-grader James Hawkes “was absolutely stunning in the countdown round. James answered three incredibly difficult problems in front of hundreds of people. This task was complete in about 90 seconds!”

Other members of the outstanding team were eighth-grader Max Brown; seventh-graders Will Ferros and Caleb Cholod; and sixth-grader James Fletcher, Myers said.

She said the next step for the team is “heading to the state competition on March 5 at Central Maine Community College.”

Myers credits the students’ success to all the school’s teaching staff. “We have some awesome teaching and learning going on in this building,” she said. “These kids are a product of all your work. We all teach literacy and we all teach mathematics!”

Zack Brown, Lincoln Middle School math teacher and MATHCOUNTS coach, said Lincoln's team placed sixth in the competition.

He said Lincoln “was proudly represented” by eighth-graders Glynis O'Meara and Jason Pichette; seventh-grader Laini Frager; and sixth-grader Willem Van Oosterum.

Rachael Maloney-Hawkins, math teacher and coach at King Middle School, congratulated sixth-graders Cassidy Townsend, Van Robbins and James Botting; seventh-graders Oscar McNally and Sidonia Summers; and eighth-grader Finn Katz-Cronin for their performance in the competition.

She said, “11 Teams from southern Maine competed in four different rounds of ‘mathletics,’ and our team showed great computation strength and geometric aptitude! Congratulations especially to Oscar McNally who qualified to move on to the Maine State competition in March! Way to go, mathematicians!”

MATHCOUNTS is an elite math competition started more than 25 years ago by some of the nation’s leading technical companies such as Lockheed International, Texas Instruments, General Motors and Raytheon, as well as the National Society of Engineers. The competition was created to encourage the brightest math minds in the nation to pursue their mathematical passion. The competition is open only to middle school students and has three stages: regional, state and national.